West wins four of five afternoon four-ball matches

SEA ISLAND, Ga. – A late rally in the morning foursome matches progressed into a dominant afternoon for the West team on the second day of the 2003 AJGA Canon Cup, which included a 1 hour and 51 minute delay. The West trails by two points, 16-14, with singles play to decide the winning squad Thursday.

The tournament is being conducted at the Sea Island Golf Club, Seaside Course. The 40-player event consists of 32 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans among the East and West teams, each composed of 10 girls and 10 boys. Past competitors in the event include Charles Howell III, Kelli Kuehne, Grace Park and Tiger Woods.

The tournament features three days of match play competition. The first two days include foursome and four-ball matches, and the final day is played in singles format. In the 13-year history of the event, the East team has claimed victory seven times, and the West has captured five titles, including three of the last four. One tie occurred in 1998.

At the conclusion of the morning matches, the East maintained a five-match lead, 15-10. The East earned five of the first seven points by winning four matches and halving two. However, the West rallied and garnered the final three matches to draw within five points.

In the second match of the day, Christie Reed of Coral Springs, Fla., improved her 2003 Canon Cup record to 3-0 when she, along with Brittany Lincicome of Seminole, Fla., defeated Amanda Blumenherst of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Amie Cochran of Torrance, Calif., 3 and 2.

“I’m really confident with our team,” Reed said. “We’re really strong right now, and we’re really proud of what we’ve done so far.”

The East’s Julieta Granada of Bradenton, Fla., also remained unbeaten and untied in three matches. Granada teamed with Jennifer Pandolfi of Navarre, Fla., for the second straight day and held off Jennie Lee of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana of Long Beach, Calif., 3 and 2.

Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., and Amber Prange of Noblesville, Ind., ended up losing their match, but they didn’t go without a fight. Despite trailing by four with four holes remaining, Prange and Myers prolonged the match with Ki-Shui Liao of Alameda, Calif., and Kristen Svicarovich of Hillsboro, Ore. The comeback attempt halted, though, when the 18th hole was halved, yielding a point for the West.

Lauren Espinosa of Irving, Texas, and Taylor Leon of Dallas, helped the morning charge of the West team, with the eighth match of the day. Espinosa and Leon took care of Mallory Code of Tampa, Fla., and Sukjin Wuesthoff of Toms River, N.J., 6 and 4.

The West stormed out of the gate in the afternoon mixed four-ball matches on the momentum of a strong finish in the morning. The West won four of the five afternoon four-ball matches to draw within two points, setting up a tantalizing final day.

“It’s going to be a barn-burner,” West Captain Gus Montaño said. “We came out to a slow start. Fortunately we were able to win a few points toward the end of the morning matches that gave us some momentum into the afternoon.”

Said East Captain Matt Cuccaro: “We’re still up in points, and that’s all that matters. I’d much rather be in the position we’re in than they’re in.”

Cochran and Randy Lowry of Spring, Texas, set the tone in the afternoon with a solid performance for a 5-and-4 win against Brendon Todd of Cary, N.C. and Lincicome.

As dusk settled, Hannah Jun of San Diego and Charlie Holland of Dallas, garnered the intensely sought after final point of the day, defeating Wuesthoff, and Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., 1-up. Wuesthoff had a bid to halve the match on the 18th but could not convert her par putt with many fellow competitors greenside.

“Charlie and I pulled it off somehow,” Jun said. “When I wasn’t saving something, he was saving something. I think (the match) was really important, even half a point can cost you a Canon Cup.”

The third and final day of the event will begin with singles matches at 7:30 a.m. Thursday with tee times continuing until 10:40 a.m. For more information, please contact AJGA Canon Cup headquarters at (912) 634-4435.

SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Day two results from the 14th annual AJGA Canon Cup, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Sea Island Golf Club, Seaside Course. Par 35-35—70. Yardage: Boys 6,945; Girls 5,991.



Luke List, Ringgold, Ga. (2003) & Brendon Todd, Cary, N.C. (2003) EAST vs. Daniel Im, La Mirada, Calif. (2004) & Zac Reynolds, Edmond, Okla. (2003) WEST, halved

Brittany Lincicome, Seminole, Fla. (2004) & Christie Reed, Coral Springs, Fla. (2004) EAST def. Amanda Blumenherst, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2005) & Amie Cochran, Torrance, Calif. (2004) WEST, 3&2

Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. (2005) & Martin Ureta, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2003) EAST def. Randy Lowry, Spring, Texas (2005) & Chad Wilcox, Peoria, Ariz. (2003) WEST, 3&2

Ki-Shui Liao, Alameda, Calif. (2005) & Kristen Svicarovich, Hillsboro, Ore. (2003) WEST def. Whitney Myers, East Berlin, Pa. (2004) & Amber Prange, Noblesville, Ind. (2003) EAST, 1 up

Robert Gates, Jr., Gainesville, Fla. (2004) & Chris Kirk, Woodstock, Ga. (2003) EAST vs. Charlie Holland, Dallas, Texas (2005) & Will Osborne, Wichita Falls, Texas (2004) WEST, halved

Julieta Granada, Bradenton, Fla. (2005) & Jennifer Pandolfi, Navarre, Fla. (2004) EAST def. Jennie Lee, Huntington Beach, Calif. (2005) & Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana, Long Beach, Calif. (2003) WEST, 3&2

Chanin Puntawong, Bradenton, Fla. (2006) & Jarred Texter, Millersville, Pa. (2004) EAST def. Jeff Gerlich, Austin, Texas (2005) & Jonathan Moore, Portland, Ore. (2004) WEST, 1 up

Lauren Espinosa, Irving, Texas (2005) & Taylor Leon, Dallas, Texas (2005) WEST def. Mallory Code, Tampa, Fla. (2003) & Sukjin Wuesthoff, Toms River, N.J. (2005) EAST, 6&4

Seung Su Han, Chino Hills, Calif. (2005) & Anthony Kim, La Quinta, Calif. (2003) WEST def. Jon Curran, Hopkinton, Mass. (2005) & Brett Lange, Atlanta, Ga. (2004) EAST, 1 up

Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif. (2003) & Angela Park, Torrance, Calif. (2006) WEST def. Chris Brady, Cary, N.C. (2003) & Jenny Suh, Fairfax, Va. (2003) EAST, 3&1


Amie Cochran, Torrance, Calif. (2004) & Randy Lowry, Spring, Texas (2005) WEST def. Brittany Lincicome, Seminole, Fla. (2004) & Brendon Todd, Cary, N.C. (2003) EAST, 5&4

Whitney Myers, East Berlin, Pa. (2004) & Luke List, Ringgold, Ga. (2003) EAST def. Jennie Lee, Huntington Beach, Calif. (2005) & Will Osborne, Wichita Falls, Texas (2004) WEST, 4&2

Ki-Shui Liao, Alameda, Calif. (2005) & Jeff Gerlich, Austin, Texas (2005) WEST def. Amber Prange, Noblesville, Ind. (2003) & Robert Gates, Jr., Gainesville, Fla. (2004) EAST, 4&2

Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana, Long Beach, Calif. (2003) & Seung Su Han, Chino Hills, Calif. (2005) WEST def. Jennifer Pandolfi, Navarre, Fla. (2004) & Martin Ureta, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (2003) EAST, 4&3

Hannah Jun, San Diego, Calif. (2003) & Charlie Holland, Dallas, Texas (2005) WEST def. Sukjin Wuesthoff, Toms River, N.J. (2005) & Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. (2005) EAST, 1 up

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